PM Modi holds roadshow in Bhubaneswar, attends BJP meet

Posted April 16, 2017

Shah, seen by many as an election-winning machine, wants to turn the vote-share gains into seats in 2019.

"Analysts also said the BJP does well against the Congress but fails in front of regional formations".

BJP tried its best in Kerala and West Bengal just previous year, but failed to manage any significant breakthrough.

The BJP's National Executive returned to Odisha after 20 years, firmly marking the state as a key target for the party in the near future.

A meeting of BJP office-bearers has started to finalise the agenda of the executive meeting, expected to begin after Modi reaches here later in the afternoon.

BJP chief Amit Shah pays obeisance at Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib on the 350th Prakash Utsav or birth anniversary of 10th Sikh master, Guru Gobind Singh in New Delhi on Jan 5, 2017.

There have been reports that in its efforts to radically tilt the scales in the state, BJP is even also hard to engineer a split in the BJD.

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"We will also win Odisha", Shah said at the meeting. The party's gold era, he said, will coincide with India's golden era and it will emerge as a great nation in the world.

"Because of his connect with the people and the trust people have on him, Amit Shah said that Narendra Modi is the most popular leader since Independence", Prasad said.

The Dalits constitute over 17 per cent of the state's electorate and have never been traditional voters of the saffron party, which is now wooing them aggressively. The list also includes West Bengal, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and the Northeast, where recent polls point towards a growing BJP presence.

"However, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may skip the meet due to health issues, Union Ministers, the Chief Ministers of 13 BJP-ruled states and three Deputy Chief Ministers, will attend the meet", Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday.

"But the BJP is yet to be at its peak". After that he will take part in the OdiaNew Year celebrations at party headquarters along with state leaders.

On his way to the Governor's House, Modi enthusiastically waved hands at people who had gathered at roadside to have a glimpse of the PM.

As the prime minister's 9 kilometre-long roadshow passed through the main road connecting the airport and the Raj Bhavan, the chants of "Modi".